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(2017-08-21) The 5th Session of the Pakistan-Turkmenistan Joint Governmental Commission (JGC) was held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on 17-18 August 2017.

The Session was co-Chaired by the Foreign Minister, Mr. Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Deputy Chairman of Cabinet of Ministers/Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Mr. Rashid Meredov.

Besides reviewing implementation of decisions of the last JGC Session held in Islamabad in August 2014, the meeting focused on measures for trade enhancement and ways to intensify bilateral cooperation in diverse fields – including agriculture, communications, Information Technology, education, science & technology, industries, media and culture.

Collaboration in the energy sector is a crucial component of the bilateral relationship. Pakistan and Turkmenistan are engaged in the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, which holds huge potential for meeting Pakistan’s energy needs. The two sides would seek ways of ensuring early realization of these projects.

The two countries are also focused on measures for enhanced connectivity including air and land linkages to promote trade, travel, tourism and people-to-people contacts.

Pakistan and Turkmenistan traditionally enjoy close, cordial relations marked by trust and understanding. Bilateral collaboration in different sectors has been growing steadily. The visit of the Foreign Minister to Turkmenistan has contributed to increased mutual cooperation on the bilateral and regional levels. It would also reinforce Pakistan’s endeavors to deepen its engagement with Central Asia and build a strong economic partnership with the region.

21 August 2017

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